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Meet Your Freshman Team

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The University of St. Thomas understands that the application and admissions process can be challenging for first-time freshman. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has designated freshman counselors to guide you through your application. You can contact your counselor with questions regarding UST’s academic degrees and programs, how to apply, scholarships and financial aid, university housing or any other concerns.
Michelle Almaguer
Michelle Almaguer My name is Michelle Almaguer and I am a Freshman Admissions Counselor at the University of St. Thomas. As a graduate of the University, I am grateful for the opportunities, resources, experiences and support that I received here at UST. I am proud to work for an institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth and academic excellence in the Catholic intellectual tradition. I look forward to supporting you and your family through the admissions process.

If you have any questions related to the university or the admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to make the process as informative and easy as possible. I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus to see if it is the right fit for you! 

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Michelle Almaguer
Freshman Admissions Counselor
Direct: 713-942-3475 
Email: almagum@stthom.edu

Marcos Canales
Marcos CanalesHello. My name is Marcos Canales, and I am a Freshman Admission Counselor at the University of St. Thomas. I earned a B.A. in Sociology, and M.S. in Education with an emphasis on student services. I have been working in higher education for over ten years. During my career, I’ve dedicated myself to helping college students realize their potential for success, and I’m excited to be a part of a school that also has a passion for helping people achieve their academic goals.

Attending college can be an exciting adventure, and my role as an admissions counselor is to make sure that the transition from high school to the University of St. Thomas goes as smoothly as possible for incoming students. Please let me know if you have any questions about admission requirements, campus life, or any other aspect of the UST community.

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Marcos Canales
Freshman Admission Counselor
Direct: 713-525-3542
Email: canalem@stthom.edu

Jessica Correll
Jessica CorrellHello, my name is Jessica Correll and I am a Freshman Admissions Counselor at the University of St. Thomas. I earned a B.B.A in General Business Administration and am currently pursuing my M.S. in Accounting from St. Thomas. Working with high school students during the college search is exciting, energizing, and unbelievably rewarding. I am thrilled to be your St. Thomas resource during this exciting time of your life! I remember my concerns as an incoming freshman and those special people who helped me through the transition. I aim to provide the same service to all students interested in attending the University of St. Thomas.

I am here to help with any questions you and your family might have during the admissions process. It is my hope that you will find a home at the University of St. Thomas. Please come visit and learn what being a Celt is all about. 

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Jessica Correll
Freshman Admission Counselor
Direct: 713-942-3468
Email: correlj@stthom.edu

Nikki Miller
Nikki MillerHello! My name is Nikki Miller and I’m a Freshman International Admissions Counselor at the University of St. Thomas.  I earned a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on community studies.  My education and travel experiences have given me an appreciation for learning and diversity, which can both be found at UST.  I enjoy working with students and want to ensure that they have a successful college experience.

Beginning your college academic career can be an exciting – and sometimes confusing – time for you.  I want to make sure that your transition to the University of St. Thomas as an international student is enjoyable.  I look forward to welcoming you to the Celt family!

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Nikki Miller
Freshman International Admissions Counselor
Direct: 713-525-3505
Email: millernm@stthom.edu

Emily Stickle
Emily StickleHello, my name is Emily Stickle!  I am the Home School Admission Counselor at the University of St. Thomas.  During my undergraduate I earned a B.A. double majoring in political Science and psychology and recently completed my MLA in public administration at the University of St. Thomas.  As a former home school student myself, I understand the value of student directed learning especially when attending college and I will be here to answer any of your questions. 

The college admission process can at times seem daunting however my role as an admissions counselor is to ensure that application process to the University of St. Thomas is an easy as possible.  Many student also value the time spent visiting the campus, please contact me to learn more about the opportunities to learn more about the University of St Thomas.   I look forward to working together.

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Emily Stickle
Home School Admission Counselor
Direct: 713-525-3504
Email: stickle@stthom.edu

Arthur Ortiz
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Arthur OrtizArthur Ortiz, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, has worked in the University of St. Thomas Admissions Office since March of 1999. The Basilian Fathers, the founders of UST, ran the parish Ortiz grew up in, and they continue to be influential in his life. During his tenure at the University, Ortiz has overseen Catholic and home-schooled student recruitment. He enjoys keeping up with admissions trends in higher education and has presented on various topics at several state and national conferences. Arthur is a graduate of the University of Houston–Clear Lake.

“The University of St. Thomas is a great institution committed to providing a complete educational experience for its students. UST embraces the type of classical education I value. I strongly believe this University’s challenging academics and commitment to the development of the whole person achieves the goal of what it means to be an educated college graduate. I also work with parents by assisting them with questions they nay have regarding the college selection process.” –Arthur Ortiz

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Arthur Ortiz
Assistant VP of Enrollment Management
Direct: 713-525-3848
Email: ortiza@stthom.edu

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